New York Jets claim 4 on waivers, cut 4 to make room

The New York Jets reportedly have claimed four players off the waiver wire: wide receivers Kalif Raymond and Damore’ea Stringfellow, tight end Will Tye and linebacker Edmond Robinson.

It was also announced that wide receiver/kick returner Lucky Whitehead, who spent the majority of training camp with the Jets, cleared waivers and will be eligible to be placed on the Jets’ short-term injured reserve. Whitehead broke his foot earlier this offseason.

To make room for the four waiver claims, the Jets cut four players who made the initial 53-man roster: Freddie Bishop, Bruce Carter, Jason Vander Laan and Marcus Murphy.

Below, you can find information about every player the Jets claimed, as well as the corresponding cuts.

Claims:

1. TE Will Tye

Tye most recently was a starting tight end for the other MetLife Stadium tenants, the New York Giants. The 25-year-old from Stony Brook played in 16 games last season, catching 48 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown. He is certainly the most illustrious of the Jets’ waiver wire claims.

The acquisition of Tye makes a current Jets tight end expendable. On their initial 53-man roster, the Jets kept rookie Jordan Leggett as well as Eric Tomlinson and Jason Vander Laan. They also have Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who will serve a two-game suspension to open the season.

2. LB Edmond Robinson

Robinson, the former seventh-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings, has recorded 12 tackles in his two seasons as a Viking. The 25-year-old was the first Division II player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft and projects as an outside linebacker.

This move could mean linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, who has been held out for the majority of training camp with a back injury, could be an injured reserve candidate.

3. WR Damore’ea Stringfellow

Stringfellow went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft despite four years as a productive pass-catcher at Ole Miss. At 6-foot-2, he has the size to be an NFL wide receiver and his production (46 catches for 716 yards and six touchdowns) in his senior year in encouraging.

The Jets had five wide receivers on their original 53-man roster: new Seattle acquisition Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson, Charone Peake and the two rookies, ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen.

4. WR Kalif Raymond

The 23-year-old from Holy Cross spent the 2016 season as a Denver Bronco before he was cut on Saturday. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound receiver projects best as a slot target. In four preseason games, Raymond caught five passes for 54 yards, including a 24-yard reception in Denver’s opener. He also has experience as a return specialist.

Cuts:

1. LB Freddie Bishop

Bishop was one of five outside linebackers to make the initial 53-man roster yesterday. This time last year, Bishop was cut by the team and signed to the 2016 practice squad the next day, and it’s likely this could happen again. The former CFL star was promoted to the active roster for the final four games of 2016, and he made five tackles and a pass deflection for the Jets in those appearances.

2. Bruce Carter

Carter is a longer-tenured NFL player, having been in the league since 2011. He appeared in 13 games for the Jets in 2016 as a rotational inside linebacker and special teams player. The only three inside linebackers left on the roster after this cut are Demario Davis, Darron Lee and Julian Stanford.

3. Jason Vander Laan

One of several tight ends competing for roster spots this summer behind presumed starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins and draft pick Jordan Leggett, Vander Laan wasn’t having a bad summer until he hurt his shoulder in late August. Eric Tomlinson remains on the 53-man roster for now, as well as the new addition, Tye.

4. Marcus Murphy

Murphy made the 53-man roster as one of four running backs, but despite the number of hand-offs he took in preseason games, Murphy was mainly considered as the Jets’ new kick and punt returner. The newly claimed Kalif Raymond, who has returner experience, likely did Murphy in.

About Max Marcilla

Max is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland. He is the news director for WMUC Sports, a reporter for The Left Bench TV and the co-owner of New York Jet Fuel, a site dedicated to covering the New York Jets. You can contact Max at mmarcilla98@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @MMarcilla98.

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